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When You Love An Old Dog, Managing Care Can Be A Challenge

Sat, 02/25/2017 - 4:00am

Aging dogs often need extra medical care. But there comes a time to be realistic about what can and can't be done, veterinarians say. The pet's comfort is paramount.

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VX: The Nerve Agent Used To Kill Kim Jong Nam Is Rare And Deadly

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 2:34pm

A colorless, odorless liquid, similar in consistency to motor oil, VX kills in tiny quantities that can be absorbed through the skin. It is among the deadliest chemical weapons ever devised.

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Advice From Patients On A Study's Design Makes For Better Science

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 10:42am

Increasingly, advocates for patients are in the room when big medical studies are designed. They demand answers to big questions: "Will the results of this study actually help anybody?"

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Mildred Dresselhaus, 'Queen Of Carbon' And Nanoscience Trailblazer, Dies At 86

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 10:36am

The daughter of poor immigrants, Dresselhaus became science royalty for her work with carbon materials. Along the way she opened opportunities for female scientists that didn't exist when she started.

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Eric Haseltine: Can The Past Guide Us To Future Scientific Breakthroughs?

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 7:57am

Trained as a neuroscientist, Eric Haseltine always asks questions. He's identified four concepts that lead to scientific breakthrough. One of them: acknowledging we're not the center of the universe.

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Liz Coleman: How Do We Teach College Students To Ask Big Questions?

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 7:57am

Former Bennington College President Liz Coleman believes higher education is overly-specialized & complacent. She says we need to encourage students to ask bigger questions and take more risks.

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Kevin Jones: Can Embracing Uncertainty Lead To Better Medicine?

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 7:57am

Sometimes, doctors just don't have the answers. Surgeon Kevin Jones says having the humility to acknowledge this leads to better medicine.

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Naomi Oreskes: Why Should We Believe In Science?

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 7:57am

In school, we're taught we should trust science because the scientific method leads to measurable results and hard facts. But Naomi Oreskes says the process of inquiry doesn't end there.

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Michael Stevens: How Do You Find Smart Answers to Quirky Questions?

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 7:57am

When Michael Stevens is confronted with a quirky question, he responsibly searches for the answer and posts it to YouTube — inviting millions of people to follow his journey of discovery.

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Could A Bumblebee Learn To Play Fetch? Probably

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 6:37am

Scientists found that bumblebees are nimble learners, especially when there's a sugary reward at the end. No wonder they're such good pollinators.

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Chemical Weapon Found On Body Of North Korean Leader's Half-Brother

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 1:57am

Malaysian police said VX nerve agent — classified as a weapon of mass destruction — was found on Kim Jong Nam's body. South Korea says North Korea ordered the hit.

(Image credit: Ahn Young-joon/AP)

PHOTOS: The Final Hours Of A Dakota Access Pipeline Protest Camp

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 6:53pm

On Thursday morning, law enforcement cleared out the Oceti Sakowin camp in North Dakota, ending a months-long protest against the completion of the nearby Dakota Access Pipeline.

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PHOTOS: The Final Hours Of A Dakota Access Pipeline Protest Camp

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 6:52pm

On Thursday morning, law enforcement cleared out the Oceti Sakowin camp in North Dakota, ending a months-long protest against the completion of the nearby Dakota Access Pipeline.

(Image credit: Angus Mordant for NPR)

To Test Zika Vaccines, Scientists Need A New Outbreak

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 11:43am

It's a bit of a paradox, but researchers say they need Zika virus to re-emerge this year so they can test vaccines designed to defeat it.

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SpaceX Cargo Craft Is Now In Space Station's Grip, One Day After Aborted Docking

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 6:06am

NASA had originally planned for the Dragon craft to reach the space station three days ago. It's carrying crew supplies and a range of scientific experiments.

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Poverty Plus A Poisonous Plant Blamed For Paralysis In Rural Africa

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 6:00am

Some African countries have long witnessed mysterious outbreaks of paralysis. Affected regions are poor and conflict-ridden, where people's main food is a bitter, poisonous variety of cassava.

(Image credit: Amy Maxmen for NPR)

Should Scientists March? U.S. Researchers Still Debating Pros And Cons

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 3:35am

A "March for Science" is set for April 22 in Washington, D.C., to show support for evidence-based public policy. But some worry the march will be seen as partisan, and may even undermine sound policy.

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After Making History In Space, Mae Jemison Works To Prime Future Scientists

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 5:03pm

For the first African-American woman in space, her path to spaceflight and beyond includes trying to pave the way for more girls of color to follow in her footsteps.

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Protesters Leave Dakota Access Pipeline Area; Some Stay And Are Arrested

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 5:03pm

The governor of North Dakota had set Wednesday as the evacuation deadline for the largest protest camp. The Trump administration is allowing the pipeline to be built, despite the protests.

(Image credit: Angus Mordant for NPR)

Key Moments In The Dakota Access Pipeline Fight

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 3:28pm

An overview of multiple legal challenges and protests since the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers considered approving a section of the pipeline near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota.

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